One of the most successful fundraising events for Grand Island Central Catholic is going virtual this year due to COVID-19.
The annual Knight dinner and auction, which bring in funds for operating expenses at GICC, still will have silent and live auctions, but bidding will be done via a website and mobile bidding platform.
The event will be broadcast live on Facebook beginning at 8 p.m. Nov. 20.
“In light of the current situation with COVID and all the regulations and restrictions that we’re dealing with trying to keep the students in school,” said Jolene Wojcik, executive director of the GICC Development Foundation, “we knew it was the right thing to do. As fun as the event is and as much as we wanted to bring people together to celebrate, we just didn’t think it was possible to have an in-person event. But it’s such an important fundraiser for us that not having it was not an option.”
The virtual Knight will include the event’s usual components, including silent and live auctions and a Fund-A-Item donation appeal. There also will also be a raffle drawing for $40,000 toward a new vehicle donated by Kim and Tom Dinsdale and Dinsdale Automotive.
People interested in bidding or buying a raffle ticket just need to register free of charge by visiting www.bidpal.net/knight2020 or by texting “knight2020” to 243725.
Wojcik said the virtual format presents some challenges but also opportunities to expand the guest list and put a new spin on its 23rd year.
“The Knight Committee came up with a great idea to offer a ‘party box’ that guests can purchase to host their own mini-Knight gathering,” she said. “The box includes four vehicle raffle tickets, two bottles of wine and the fabulous cake that we’ve had at our event the last few years. This will be for up to eight people and we will deliver catalogs to those guests just like we would have if we were having an in-person event.”
The corporate table sponsors still will receive their catered meals along with the dessert, beverages and their auction catalogs before the event for their watch parties.
For more information about the watch party boxes or raffle tickets, call the GICC Development Foundation at 308-382-5499.
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